scrip·​ture | \ ˈskrip(t)-shər How to pronounce scripture (audio) \

Definition of scripture

1a(1) capitalized : the books of the Bible often used in plural
(2) often capitalized : a passage from the Bible
b : a body of writings considered sacred or authoritative
2 : something written the primitive man's awe for any scripture— George Santayana

Examples of scripture in a Sentence

someone who frequently quotes Scripture
Recent Examples on the Web The most powerful fiction that Hollywood ever crafted is that of the mainstream, a dominant audience that consumes its entertainments in large and dependable numbers and identifies with them as a sort of secular scripture. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Restrained but Revitalized 2021 Oscars Ceremony," 26 Apr. 2021 Smith took such calls seriously, canonizing protections in Latter-day Saint scripture known as the Doctrine and Covenants (D&C Section 102). The Salt Lake Tribune, "Commentary: Latter-day Saint excommunication was not designed to happen this way," 24 Apr. 2021 The proceedings will begin with cremation and then be followed by up to 20 days of reading of the 1,400-page Guru Granth Sahib scripture, Dhaliwal said. NBC News, "'I’ve been scared to go back': Sikh workers at FedEx warehouse return to work," 21 Apr. 2021 With a royal soccer surname in his home country, a self-help book on his nightstand and a number chosen from scripture, teenager Patrick Weah's path proves the African proverb about raising a child. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, "Loons announce signing of 'homegrown player' Patrick Weah," 4 Mar. 2021 That narrative will be found in the heady mix of regiments, processional and occasional music, and not least, in the scripture and hymns of the service itself. Guy Martin, Forbes, "Prince Philip’s Funeral: The Regiments, The Family, The Order Of Service, And Broadcast Times," 17 Apr. 2021 But, by the end of his 50 years, DMX understood something that Buns never seems to fully grasp: Pathological behavior can’t be cured away by picking up some scripture and putting on a suit. Jordan Coley, Vulture, "Belly Is the FUBU of American Cinema, and That’s Why I Love It," 14 Apr. 2021 Early Mennonites and Quakers would read scripture and try to learn from it how Jesus resolved conflict. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Jana Riess: How do Latter-day Saints deal with conflict and faith crises? Avoidance doesn’t work, expert says.," 26 Nov. 2020 Palm Sunday scripture and relevant Bible verses are also traditionally read during these ceremonies. Marie Milano, Country Living, "When Is Palm Sunday 2021, and Why Does the Date Change Every Year?," 28 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of scripture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for scripture

Middle English, from Late Latin scriptura, from Latin, act or product of writing, from scriptus

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“Scripture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scripture

: the books of either the Old Testament or the New Testament or of both : the Bible
: the sacred writings of a religion


scrip·​ture | \ ˈskrip-chər How to pronounce scripture (audio) \

Kids Definition of scripture

1 capitalized : bible sense 1
2 : writings sacred to a religious group

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